THE Flexshooter INFO HUB
This is your home for all things FlexShooter, with everything you need to know about FlexShooter heads and the technology that makes them unique
Spring weightless system
At the core of every Flexline head is the spring weightless system so it seems right to take a look at that in depth first!
So what makes FlexShooter heads so cool? Well they don't flip over when you put heavy kit on them. Nope, your valuable kit is held safely in place by the patented internal counter-balancing spring system. No need to lock up that head anymore, FlexShooter heads hold any kit in place without locking up, meaning you can move to recompose or follow action instantly. No more missed shots. A head design for photographers by photographers.
So how do the springs work? It's the natural evolution of tripod heads, all the freedom without the drawbacks and using modern technology (not friction), to achieve this. At the centre of our patented design is our spring system that is made from the most durable artificial rubber on earth, polyurethane. It was chosen because in a given volume it is capable of storing much more elastic energy than steel springs.
Lens mounted systems
Long lens photographers rejoice, the genius patented design makes long lenses feel weightless. The heads are very well trained. They stay exactly where you put them. Once you let go of your long lens it stays right there. Like it's weightless. All you have to do is to set the centre of balance precisely beforehand and our tech will do the rest. We call it positive balance, you will call it positively great!
No more crushed fingers and choice words. No more watching your heavy lens tip forward and pull your tripod over a cliff.
No more missed shots. Let your lens go and it will be ready to photograph again with no delay and no wasted time locking / unlocking.
Here's a quick video to show you how it works.
Camera Mounted Systems
Mounting the camera directly onto the head to shoot some landscapes or macro? Flexshooter heads are perfect for all genres of photography. Since the Arca Swiss plate is mounted underneath the camera it is not possible to move the camera back and forth to get the exact centre of balance. To be honest it's very close, very close, but not perfect. So you will have to use a little bit more tension using the silver knob on the head to support smaller lenses.
"Hack" - there is a hack, I believe that is the term on the streets these days, that can get round this. It's not official so don't tell anyone else! Simply turn the plate around so that it doesn't lay underneath the camera but at right angles from it, following the line of the lens. Provided it is tight enough you should be able to move the plate backwards and forwards to get the centre of balance for any combination. It works but ssssshhh.
Most of the time for camera mounted systems you will be locking up the head anyway, so you just choose to leave the plate where it is. Your main benefits will come from the zero image creep (see below), the horizon levelling and fact that you will probably have a lens with a foot in your collection that will gain all the advantages that you can see so far on this page
Mounting your camera / lens onto your FlexShooter head
Long lenses such as the Canon / Nikon 200-400, 300 f2.8, 400 f2.8, 500 f4 and 600 f4 or Sony equivalents come with a very small lens foot. This is pretty useless when trying to mount to a tripod head as it's too small to centre the balance and can easily twist as it's just got one screw to hold it in place.
So we made the BigFoot for you, our own range of custom manufactured replacement feet that we honestly think are the best on the market today. Here it is...
Look we know, it's impossible to take a sexy picture of it so here it is!! Now the awesome feature of the BigFoot are their low profile design. This lowers the centre of gravity so your heavy lens won't sit high up anymore like on other heads. Thus you will get a perfect balance with your FlexShooter head and the best possible balancing action. All have been manufactured to ensure that you can add 1.4x and 2x converters and still have enough play to set the centre of balance. Made for perfection. They use your existing screws, take 5 minutes to change, have Arca Swiss plates built in.
Please note that the Olympus 150-400 has a built in Arca Swiss plate and doesn't need any external plate.
So they are an ESSENTIAL purchase for you to get the most from your long lens and FlexShooter head and they are available in the European online store.
Zero Image Creep
Image Creep is a serious problem for all creative photographers, especially those who take long exposures, landscapes or delve into the macro world. We have all been there. You have setup the shot, endured rain, wind and snow, and it's gonna be an award winner. Then you tighten the tripod head and ARGGGHHHHHH the image you want moves out of the frame. You waste time setting it up again and again it happens.
It's worse with a big lens too... actually no it's probably worse with macro photography as it takes so long to line everything up in the first place!
Here's a video showing how the design of the Flexshooter heads REMOVES image creep if you need to lock them up...
So you can see that when you lock up Flexshooter heads we preserve your composition and keep the image on screen. As it should be, but sadly many heads don't do this. And it works with a 15mm or a 500mm lens, we don't care. Trust me I have used this so much and it works.
Of course using spring counter-balance technology ensures that the heads stay were you put them so you don't even need to lock up the tripod head for most of your photography. But if you need to then you can trust Flexshooter to eliminate any image creep.
Levelling the horizon
All photographers have an issue getting any horizon straight and it's a nightmare especially working in any environment with water. Fortunately Flexshooter heads allow us to quickly and efficiently get everything level to produce images like this:
Double ball heads are not new as the Flexshooter inventor / designer was one of the team who first brought them to the world of photography.
So like other double ball heads, the Flexshooter heads have the ability to quickly and easily set the main ball level so that the second ball allows free movement of the camera / lens in a level plane. In other words no matter what the angle you set the tripod at, within reason of course, you can set the head level and get perfectly straight horizons and level water. That's a given on all double-ball heads.
Flexshooter heads take this a step further, because with the patented positive balance technology once you have levelled the horizon you can be confident that wherever you leave the lens it stays put (provided you take the time to set it up and the centre of balance can be adjusted). That's a big bonus, no more need to frantically lock everything up.
Customisable Motion - Of course every photographer is different, some of you prefer very restricted motion of a head, some prefer very loose. That's why every Flexshooter head has a friction control, the bright silver knob, that allows you to "customise" how it moves. With a simple twist you can make a huge difference to how the head performs with your kit.
So a little movement from your finger tips translates to a big movement of the head no matter what the load.
As all heads should be. Is yours?
So which photographer are you???
Perfect for wildlife photographersUsing a long lens, perhaps a 500mm / 600mm, a 150-600mm or a 200-400 has never been easier and your kit will feel weightless to boot. You've no need to lock your lens up when you pause your shooting, it will be right there where you left it when you are ready to resume. Great for panning too as it's got customisable friction so you can choose the setup you like.
Perfect for macro photographersImage creep for macro photographers is a real problem as it takes an age to line your shot up, only to have it disappear out the frame. Well that is a thing of the past, when you lock up our heads they stay right there, keeping your compositions intact. Plus using our spring system and a quick twist of the friction knob you've no need to lock up most of the time anyway. Perfect for quick changes and nailing that shot.
Perfect for aviation photographersIt's a fact of aviation life that most of our time we are staring upwards as our "subjects" thunder by overhead. The Flexshooter Pro is perfect for you as our spring balance technology will keep your big lens where you left it, ready to pick up that shot when the action starts again. Great for airshows, lurking by airfields or some long exposure night work, our heads make your kit feel weightless.
Extreme vs Pro
Our two flagship heads are the Extreme and the Pro. Since they basically look identical, what is the difference? Well it's simply about size, load and weight:
Pro - Weighs 680g rated upto 10KG. Our most popular head and one that suits all photography applications and styles. Iit can take the biggest lens and pro DSLR without any issue. It only weighs in at 680g so it's still perfect for travelling or carrying for long distances.
Extreme - Weighs 1.1KG rated upto 20KG. The big Daddy of the FlexShooter range. Designed for the photographer who wants to own the best of the best. It can literally support anything in the business, perfect for any photographer who doesn't want to compromise on anything.